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Some things I've enjoyed recently:

I've been listening to The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, mostly during my commute. I'm only about halfway through. It's good. The setting fascinates me and the characters are vivid. One warning, there are some medical procedures described in excruciating detail in the book. They might not be difficult to read, but I found myself squirming while listening to the audiobook during these sequences. A difficult childbirth sequence early on was particularly hard on me. "ymmv", as they say.

This weekend I read The Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects and Love and Rockets New Stories #3. Screw-On Head is pure fun. I remember when I read the comic originally I thought it was like Hellboy Sniglets, where a basic Hellboy plot had even more absurd elements inserted. This time I was mostly impressed by the art. The rest of the book is funny and beautiful. Love and Rockets, wow. First of all I don't know if they planned it but the stories Los Bros did here are pretty disturbing, Gilbert's in a dream to nightmare kind of way, Jaime's even more unsettling (and ultimately, crushingly sad). Much as I bow to the greatness of Gilbert, I have to say Jaime is just unearthly good at this point. The drawing in Browntown is so perfect it's amazing. We need to put this stuff in a special vault to preserve it for future generations.

I watched Sym-Bionic Titan Friday night. Holy cow I loved this. The premiere was a little busy with characters and events, and the 'anime' references were on the heavy side (duh) for me but, overall what was not to love. Some Micronauts-looking giant robot fighting a giant monster, cool character designs (echoes of Tezuka out the wazoo), a colorful setting, aliens, intrigue. High hopes. I am a more reserved man but I more or less endorse this breathless summary.

Last weekend I read the first 3 collections of Locke and Key. I liked this a lot. Really imaginative creepy fantasy in a modern setting, with art I could stand. The magic of the keys is original and the slow unwinding of the mysterious past is done well. I am not sure why I make the comparison but I felt like people who liked Buffy the Vampire Slayer would like this. I am looking forward to seeing the rest of the story unfold.

And speaking of looking forward, I am eager to get my hands on a copy of The Simon and Kirby Superheroes. The book is out in the comic book shop 'direct market'; I am waiting on my Amazon.com preorder to ship. From all reports this sounds like a dream come true object. Oh and, this is further off in the future but, Chester Brown's next book has been announced for Spring 2011.

Oh and, a very curious blogger is back (but for how long?). Can't forget about that.
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